Still a creative builder at heart, in meeting with congressional Republicans Tuesday, President Trump reportedly came up with a new idea for allowing the new border wall to pay for itself – add solar panels.
According to the Wall Street Journal, two lawmakers who attended the meeting commented on Trump’s innovative idea, saying he suggested that if solar panels were placed on the wall, the revenue generated from selling the solar power could help with the expense of constructing the wall.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said, “I think it’s innovative. To authorize it and to appropriate it wouldn’t cost as much.”
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said, “He’s been looking at a lot of options, and this is a new option that he’s been looking at that sounds like it’s got real promise.”
Mexico has insisted they aren’t about to pay for Trump’s wall, and the U.S. Congress hasn’t been willing to fund it either.
Out of about 200 companies who submitted proposals for construction of the wall, the federal government has reportedly selected several finalists who are to build a sample of their proposed wall, before the DHS makes the final selection. However, no announcements have been made yet on who the finalists are.
Reportedly, at least one of the contractors bidding on the project has presented a design that includes solar panels.
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